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Academics must have key role in internationalisation
While there is still a strong focus on the ‘abroad’ side of internationalisation, there is an ever stronger call to pay attention to internationalisation of the curriculum at home, but studies are scarce and academic voices are rarely heard.
A digital ‘Arab Spring’ for higher education?
Will the technology revolution bring about the overthrow of the higher education system, and are university debates about mobile learning an attempt to make an education system work for a society that has literally moved on?
The growing role of senior international officers
A new survey shows the changing nature and rise of university staff responsible for international students. These ‘senior international officers’ have increasingly become central to the running of their universities.
Coming to a business school near you: disruption
Students can now pick and mix their own MBAs, and businesses and universities are innovating in what they offer potential business students. Business schools are in the frontline for dealing with changes in thinking about and delivering education.
Scale back to create sustainable institutions
The era of increased enrolments and ever-rising tuition fees needs to come to an end and institutions should scale back their ambitions to ensure they are sustainable.
How can Asia compete for international students?
Asian universities will only attract more foreign students if they align student needs with innovative approaches that emphasise student learning and a supportive policy environment.
What is an International University?
The term International University is increasingly being bandied about, but what do we mean by it and how can we define it in ways that actually enhance education?
The shifting landscape of management education
Management education is growing and evolving. Not only is it becoming more international, with the US losing some of its influence, but it is shifting online and into continuing education units and corporate universities.
Where’s the evidence?
Policy decisions on higher education are being reversed in the national interest. But the reason they were taken in the first place, without due account of their impact on universities, was because of a growing void in evidence to back them up.
Price and rise of China behind decline in mobility
The number of students travelling abroad to study is falling, and demographic changes, coupled with new developments in Korea and a thriving Chinese market, mean that the decline is likely to continue.
Transforming HE through community engagement
The announcement of a new scheme involving centres for community-university engagement has the potential to transform both communities and universities if deployed strategically.
International links have vital role in times of global tension
At a time of increasing global tension, higher education needs to be aware that international cooperation and exchange are not guarantees for peace and mutual understanding, but they are vital for keeping channels of communication open.
Give students and parents details of value added
Parents and students in the United States are getting more discerning about value for money when they consider higher education institutions, but the data they are presented with scarcely distinguishes one from the other. Universities should do more to emphasise the value their institution adds.
Canada and China’s legacy of cooperation
A long-running partnership between Canadian and Chinese universities offers a glimmer of hope for collaboration in a world full of global tension and protests.
Who owns internationalisation?
A comprehensive internationalisation policy needs a senior officer or office to take ownership of the process and this is not only true at university level, but also nationally.
Is your international enrolment strategy sustainable?
Many universities have adopted short-term strategies for dealing with international student enrolment. There are four questions they should ask themselves if they want to test how sustainable their strategies are.
Right-sizing American higher education institutions
Higher education institutions in the United States need to align their spending with a realistic assessment of the revenue they will get and take courageous decisions on where cuts – if necessary – should be made.
The no-longer public university
The idea of public-private partnerships is becoming more and more complex, and public access to knowledge will have to be assured as universities evolve and new digital opportunities present themselves.
Parochial thinking in a global student business
Higher education is an international business, but government policy does not make the most of all the possible advantages it can bring.
New model needed to close widening education gap
More and more jobs in the United States require degrees, but rising fees mean they are out of reach for many people unless they are prepared to accept large debts. Even online learning tends to be based on traditional models. Universities need to think more creatively about how to close the higher education gap using forms of education that are adapted to individual needs.
Change the language of internationalisation
Employers are missing the wider benefits of internationalisation – at home and abroad – because we are not using the right language to describe them. Academics may also be reluctant to promote internationalisation due to the perception that it will increase their workload. This must be tackled.
The key to branch campus success lies at home
Branch campus success owes more to the home campus of a university than the overseas branch. That includes initial planning and the whole reason for setting up a branch campus in the first place.
Fighting the entitlement mentality in US universities
American universities have increased their tuition fees annually above the rate of inflation – even before the 2008 crisis. This has led to a sense of entitlement that universities must continually expand what they offer when, in the face of funding cuts, they need to tailor programmes to their budgets.
Expanding enrolments with little state funding
The cost of expanding higher education student enrolment is mainly being covered by private institutions because the government prioritises its spending on schools. If fee increases occur and graduates are unable to find jobs, disillusionment with higher education could set in.
Towards quality transnational education
Transnational education is booming, but quality assurance is lagging behind in many countries. A concerted international effort is needed to establish an improved quality assurance regime for transnational education.